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Old 04-07-2009, 12:06 PM   #1
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anyone have a recipe that they really like, but you are almost embarrassed that you like it? well, that's what this recipe is for me....my wife ate it alot growing up, and i always called it "North Dakota Spaghetti" (that's where her family is from), or an "insult to italian cooking"....i grew up in NY, and have a fair amount of Italian blood in me, so I was used to the real stuff....it took her a long time to convince me, but i finally tried it, and i really like it....i would be way too embarrassed to serve it to guests, and it still doesn't take the place of "normal" pasta dishes, but i look forward to the days we have it....its cheap, easy, uses very few pots, and tasty....im glad no one knows me in real life

also, as with most of my recipes, the amount of ingredients are vague, so just tweak it as necessary

+/-1lb ground meat - normally, beef is good, but we like to be a bit healthier and use turkey (for extra flavor, we used left over home-made turkey burgers)

1 box spaghetti

3-4 cans campbells condensed tomato soup


1) brown and season the meat - salt, pepper, fresh garlic, herbs, minced onion is very good, whatever looks good....i like it pretty browned, and broken up into small bits....drain any fat
2) cook spaghetti - if possible, time it so the meat and pasta are done at the same time....you want both to be hot (see below)...after briefly draining, return it back to the same pot
3) add meat to the pasta pot
4) add the soup - DO NOT ADD WATER or heat the soup! the mixture will be pretty thick....use your judgement with how many cans of soup, but too much is almost always better than too little....4 cans is prob good
5) Serve! its ok if you feel ashamed the first time

makes great leftovers, even if cold....i dont have kids yet, but im guessing that this will appeal to them....its a bit sweet, so they may like it over other "traditional" tomato sauces

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Do you put any Italian type seasonings, garlic, etc. in it?

My mother used to make "chili" using tomato soup - just add chili seasonings to your same recipe and of course, kidney beans.
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Old 04-07-2009, 12:17 PM   #3
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...but i look forward to the days we have it....its cheap, easy, uses very few pots, and tasty....im glad no one knows me in real life ...

Man, you must be deeply in love!
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Old 04-07-2009, 01:49 PM   #4
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Man, you must be deeply in love!
to try it the first time, yeah...but now i like it....i mean, we've prob only made it a total of 5 times, but i like it everytime!

and kitchenelf, you can add any seasonings you want - for me, fresh garlic and onion are pretty much a must, so is salt, pepper, and some italian herb seasoning
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oddly enough I have seen quite a few people adding ketchup to there spaghetti for that bit of sweetness. My girlfriend make hers like that and I cringe watching her cook it, but it doesnt taste to bad
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Old 04-07-2009, 02:01 PM   #6
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we add ketchup to chili.
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Old 04-07-2009, 02:15 PM   #7
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anyone have a recipe that they really like, but you are almost embarrassed that you like it? well, that's what this recipe is for me....my wife ate it alot growing up, and i always called it "North Dakota Spaghetti"
I have one of "those" recipes. We call it Spam and Cheese, and my husband grew up eating it. Now I like it too!

Spam & Cheese

12 ounce can of Spam
12 ounces of Velveeta cheese
1 medium onion
white bread

Place the Spam, Velveeta, and onion in a food processor and process until smooth. Spread the Spam mixture over slices of bread. Stack the bread, separating the slices with pieces of waxed paper, in a big freezer baggie. Place in the freezer. You can pull out as many slices as you need, pop them in a toaster oven until the Spam mixture is heated, and then broil them until the top is evenly browned. I promise......they're good .
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to try it the first time, yeah...but now i like it....i mean, we've prob only made it a total of 5 times, but i like it everytime!

and kitchenelf, you can add any seasonings you want - for me, fresh garlic and onion are pretty much a must, so is salt, pepper, and some italian herb seasoning

I used to eat spaghetti with just ketchup on it.
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I have one of "those" recipes. We call it Spam and Cheese, and my husband grew up eating it. Now I like it too!

Spam & Cheese

12 ounce can of Spam
12 ounces of Velveeta cheese
1 medium onion
white bread

Place the Spam, Velveeta, and onion in a food processor and process until smooth. Spread the Spam mixture over slices of bread. Stack the bread, separating the slices with pieces of waxed paper, in a big freezer baggie. Place in the freezer. You can pull out as many slices as you need, pop them in a toaster oven until the Spam mixture is heated, and then broil them until the top is evenly browned. I promise......they're good .
Are you SURE about that?
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Old 04-07-2009, 04:27 PM   #10
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im glad im not the only one who has a terribe recipe that they like!

anyone else?

(PS - stright ketchup on pasta has GOT to be worse than my tomato soup )
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